Articles of the day 9/14/15: What Is Russia After?

Inner Ring (Countries or terror groups that border Israel)

Jordan’s king warns Israel against Jerusalem ‘provocation’

“2 hurt, 9 arrested in 2nd day of Temple Mt. riots; police say they entered compound to ensure Muslim youths do not harass Jews, tourists.”

Why is it a provocation when a Jew prays to God in the land God gave to Jews?

Outer Ring (countries or terror groups that are close to but not bordering Israel)

US officials say Russia positioning tanks at Syria airfield

“Syrian ambassador to Moscow denies reports of Russian troop presence on the ground in Syria; Pentagon: Russia’s latest movements suggest plans to establish forward air operating base.”

Posture of Syrian Regime and Allies: September 14, 2015

Top Iranian space scientist among those killed in Mecca crane collapse

“An Iranian minister confirmed that Doctor Ahmad Hatami, who was a renowned member of the Iran Space Research Center, was killed along with 8 other Iranians who made the deadly pilgrimage to Mecca.”

An accident???

Putin’s offer to shield & develop Israel’s gas fields predated Russia’s military buildup in Syria

“More than a fortnight ago, Russian President Vladimir put a proposition to Israel for Moscow to undertake responsibility for guarding Israel’s Mediterranean gas fields, along with the offer of a Russian investment of $7-10 billion for developing Leviathan, the largest well, and building a pipeline to Turkey for exporting the gas to Europe, DEBKAfile reports. The offer was made to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in confidential phone conversations and through quiet envoys.

At the time, Putin did not share with Netanyahu his plans for an imminent buildup of marines, air force units, warships and missiles in Syria, although the plan had been worked out in detail with Tehran in late July. The Russian ruler put it this way: Leviathan abuts on the fringes of Lebanon’s economic water zone and is therefore vulnerable to potential sabotage by Iran, Syria or Hizballah, whether by commando or rocket attack.”

This from Debka, so probably more fiction then anything but it does explain why Putin is so keen on saving Assad. The Russian Naval base would be key to controlling the gas fields discovered just off the Israeli coast.


Nuclear war in Battle of Ezekiel 38-39

“Q. Thank you so much for your commentaries on end-times events; I have tried to understand all of your commentaries and they fit together seamlessly for which I thank you. One bit of confusion…you say the battle of Ezekiel 38-39 could be a nuclear war, however, it states that it will be obvious to all the nations observing, and Israel, that God won the victory with earthquakes, hail, and brimstone. A nuclear war might not be associated with actions of God so are you saying that both could come into play?

A. The idea that nuclear weapons might be involved comes primarily from Ezekiel 39:14-15 which describes the clean up process. This process is remarkably similar to the way an army might clean up the land after an exchange of battlefield nuclear weapons.

There’s no question from the text that it will be God’s own intervention that will secure the victory for Israel. Therefore, it seems possible that both would be involved.”

The Dangers Of Dispensationalism

“Q. I have been visiting your site for some time now and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Recently I received e-mail from the Reformation Book Store. They were advertising a book on the dangers of dispensationalism. It says that this belief causes confusion about how to pray for our Nation and the world because we believe the Bible predicts what will happen and there is nothing we can do about it, so why pray. I have to admit that I feel confused about this too. When we read that “there will be perilous times” why should we pray for wise leaders? What do you say on this subject?

A. There’s a one word answer to this question. Nineveh. God sent Jonah to Nineveh to warn them of a judgment coming in 40 days. But they had a wise leader and at his command the entire city, from the King to the lowliest subject, went into prayer and fasting with sincere repentance. God was impressed enough to delay the judgment. It eventually happened, because a future generation rebelled again. But the whole generation of people who prayed were spared from it. God said the judgment was coming but the people of Nineveh determined the timing by their response.

Dispensationalists are not fatalists. We understand the power of prayer. And remember this. God knows the end from the beginning, and dispensationalists believe that every word He spoke will come to pass. But that’s not the same as saying He controls the timing of every event. The story of Nineveh proves that He listens to us and can be moved by the fervency of our prayers.”


Israel seeks to be permanent sole operator of F-35 in Middle East

“Israel is pressing the U.S. government for assurance that it will be the sole operator of the F-35 in the Middle East permanently.”

Top US General: Refugee Crisis Likely to Galvanize Europe in Syrian Conflict

“The top U.S. general says the Syrian refugee crisis likely will galvanize more European action to help end that nation’s bloody struggle.”

It is unlikely EU countries can do anything meaningful. They have cut their defense budgets so much they can barely defend their own borders let alone intervene in Syria. Their likely hope is that the US leads the way with the resources and finally gets involved. However, given how risk phobic the US administration is I doubt anything will come of it. Imagine though how complicated it is getting. Russian forces are moving in already, EU countries may or may not send troops. There are so many countries with military resources already in Syria. We are starting to see how something biblical can happen.

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